Office of Programming, Development Evaluation
The newly formed Office of Programming, Development and Evaluation (OPDE) was created to provide oversight and accountability for the agency’s implementation of evidence-based programs and processes that support the mission and vision of the department. The OPDE closely aligns several interconnected agency departments in order to serve as a resource for institution and field operations on program integrity and recidivism strategies. The OPDE includes the following departments:
Office of Offender Reentry and Enterprise Development
The Office of Offender Reentry and Enterprise Development is comprised of several departments that consist of Reentry, Enterprise Development, Evidence Based Practices – Quality Assurance and Religious Services. The office is responsible for guiding and monitoring reentry related programs and initiatives. Designated staff are assigned initiatives including volunteers, family, reentry planning and assessments, housing, offender programming, community partnerships, and offender workforce development. Staff within the Office of Reentry work closely with institution and APA staff to ensure agency practices align with the mission of the agency and are conducive to supporting successful offender returns to local communities. http://www.drc.ohio.gov/reentry-office
The mission for the Office of Enterprise Development is to reduce the idleness of inmates through the creation of jobs. The office works in collaboration with the Department of Development, Ohio Penal Industries, Research, Information and Technology and Education. The Office of Enterprise Development creates partnerships and business opportunities with the public and private sector. The end result is to reduce recidivism rates and successfully reintegrate restored citizens into society through career and employment opportunities. http://www.drc.ohio.gov/enterprise-development
Evidence Based Practices – Quality Assurance
The EBP - Quality assurance staff members conduct Ohio Risk Assessment (ORAS) observations and double coding with all of the Adult Parole Authority parole officers. The information gathered from these observations continue to inform training, fidelity, validity, and reliability of the risk assessment process.
Continuous quality improvement processes are put into place with training, observations, coaching, feedback, and follow up with the prison unit management staff, parole officers, as well as external service providers.
Research to Practice
There are currently three federal funded grant programs under the supervision of the staff in EBP – Quality Assurance. The grants were awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and are designed to address barriers to successful reentry through the implementation of specific community supervision models.
The following is a brief overview of these three programs: (1) The Swift and Certain Sanctions Program: Replicating the Concepts Behind Project Hope and the Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Maximizing State Reforms grants were awarded in October 2014. The Swift and Certain Sanctions grant is being utilized by ODRC to implement a version of the HOPE Model in two counties for probationers utilizing two different sanctions. The Pike County swift and certain sanction is a brief stay in a halfway house and the Jackson County swift and certain sanction is electronic monitoring:
(2) Auglaize County is also in the SCF pilot, but is not a part of the grant and is utilizing a brief jail stay as the sanction for violation behavior. The Justice Reinvestment Initiative grant involves the development and creation of a statewide probation data repository and is a 3 year grant:
(3) The third grant awarded was the Swift, Certain, and Fair Sanctions Program: Replicating the Concepts Behind Project Hope. This project is a pilot in Stark County where the Swift, Certain, and Fair model is being followed and the sanction for the violation behavior is 3 to 14 days in the Day Reporting Center.